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Park Sport is back for Summer 2020!

Eastleigh Borough’s annual summer youth sport programme is going ahead for August 2020!

Park Sport 2020 aims to provide opportunities for young people (8-16 year olds) and their families to keep active this summer and most of the events are free.

Due to coronavirus safety measures, Park Sport may not be following the same timetabled format as previous years, but we are adapting in the current climate to be more flexible. Most activities are free or low-cost, which will be particularly welcomed by families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. 

Funding comes from the Borough Council, Local Area Committees and town and parish councils.

More new local activity providers and clubs have been asked to take part. The Point Eastleigh team have been involved in several aspects, together with Itchen Valley Country Park and over 10 other local sports and activity providers. 

The programme takes on three different areas to help keep young families moving: 

Adventure Story is a live interactive story trail created for 8-11 year olds by The Point Eastleigh team and held at Itchen Valley Country Park on the weekend of 15 and 16 of August. Bookings will open from Friday 31 July for groups up to six or from two households and costs only £1 per person. Can your family learn the old ways of the woodland, earn the secret key and keep the magic alive this summer? 

For Virtual Challenges, local sports and activity providers have provided sets of three challenge videos for young people and their friends and families to try. Different provider’s challenges will be released each week and you can enter a prize draw with your achievements. 

Discover your Parks holds a photography competition and a geocaching hunt. We’re looking for young people to share their best snaps of themselves getting active this summer or exploring the natural environment. The SportWorks team have also hidden a number of caches across the Borough and with colours cards for young people to collect – there will also be prizes randomly hidden in the caches throughout August.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “ We’re committed to the promotion of health and wellbeing across all our communities and in light of the challenges of the pandemic it's even more vital for us to provide such programmes for residents. We’re proud to facilitate these activities to help local families to take part in safe and new ways to keep moving and exploring across the Borough this summer – and we’ve made them free or affordable to maximise participation.” 

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